I did it! I actually got that short story edited and submitted!
I had a really hard time sitting down to deal with it. I kept putting off the editing. Finally on Tuesday I sat down and started writing whatever was on my mind (it was a free write, much like I did years ago in a writing class). By the time I was at the end of the page, I actually felt inspired and read over the story. It was in okay shape and didn’t need too many edits. So I worked on those when I could and finally finished on Friday. I ended up calling it “A Friend from the Deep;” it’s set on Imezza and deals with a kraken (which is why its working title was the ever original “kraken story.”) I submitting “A Friend from the Deep” to Martian Migraine Press’s Monstrous Outlines: an Anthology of Camouflaged Horror Friday night. I kind of doubt it will get accepted since that anthology specializes in horror and weird fiction and this piece is probably closer to fantasy (I could have sworn it said it accepted fantasy somewhere but I can’t find whatever I read now). Oh well, the worst that happens is they say no, right? I guess we’ll see what happens.
I need to make sure I remember to free write next time I have a hard time sitting down to work on a project like this!
On Friday I also followed up with my last submission (oh my gosh, that was a year ago!) I *think* the story has been published but I haven’t heard anything from the publisher. I’ll give more details once I hear back from them. 🙂
So with all that happening on Friday, I had the rest of the weekend for whatever. I took the rest of Friday night to look over (and clean up) my favourites list on Duotrope. In doing that I found a few markets that sound pretty interesting; I decided to try writing something for the Make Your Way anthology. Make Your Way is looking for pieces that the audience will have to interact with in some way; I’ve written for projects like Holdfast in the past, so I’m hopeful that I can pull this off. So I spent a bit of time later on Friday night coming up with a really simple RPG system for use with my story, with the rest of the weekend spent plotting things off and on.
I also spent a little bit of time trying to research tools to help me make this. I’m a fan of Articy Draft but do not currently have my own copy (I was able to use it for a project I worked on in the past; the license was provided by the company I was working with). Twine shows some promise, but it’s the type of thing I’ll use if I ever decide to publish this story on the web rather than in a book. So I ended up defaulting to using my physical white board to plan this out. Well, until I discovered The GameBook Authoring Tool, which I downloaded and tried out. I think it’s exactly what I need to link everything together as I go. So between my white board, my trusty notebook, and The GameBook Authoring Tool, I think I’m good to go for this project!